Major revamp including new look and new features for high traffic website, E-International Relations. I planned and executed a strategy to overhaul their ageing WordPress website, improving workflow and efficiency.
E-International Relations is the world’s leading open access resource for students and scholars of international politics. It features high quality scholarly content and resources for students, attracting 300,000 visitors every month. It is recommended by leading academics and practitioners from around the world.
Since its beginning in 2007, the E-IR editorial staff have now published over 7000 articles, interviews and reviews. In addition, they product a range of open access books.
My first involvement with E-IR was in 2013 when I was asked to undertake a restructuring of the site, which had become difficult to manage and no longer met the needs of editorial staff and contributors. The rapidly growing resource required extensive refactoring, E-IR had also just rebranded and I was asked to develop and implement a new, responsive design alongside the back end work.
Improving workflow within the WordPress back end largely involved improving the ability to create and understand content hierarchies, creating those hierarchies, improving content creation forms and, when necessary, creating bespoke plugins to augment and improve the experience of maintaining the site for authors and editors.
I’ve worked closely with E-International Relations since our first engagement, improving the site iteratively during the intervening years. In 2020, I undertook a redesign of the front-end and in doing so, became the sole designer and developer for E-IR. I’m thrilled to work with the lovely people at this special organisation who put so much time and effort into this incredibly valuable resource.